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Natural Womanhood Goes Spanish: Helping Bring Fertility Awareness to Latin America

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Over the past few months, we have begun publishing some of the Natural Womanhood’s articles in Spanish, and have also produced our two main printed brochures—Conoce tu cuerpo (Know your body) and Lo que los hombres…. (What guys need to know….)— to meet the demand for this information in the United States and Latin America. […]

The Pill and Stress: How Hormonal Contraception Might Make it Harder for You to Cope

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Did you know that the Pill affects how we process stress? Sometimes this is viewed as a positive, since research shows women on hormonal contraception do not exhibit the body’s classic response to stress (i.e., elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, courtesy of HPA-axis signaling) in stressful situations. But this aspect of the Pill […]

Male Sex Hormones Are a Big Deal, Too

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This is Your Brain on Birth Control, a new book by Dr. Sara E. Hill takes a remarkably deep dive into the myriad ways that hormonal contraception alters women’s bodies, demonstrating that our sex hormones have an enormous impact on how our brains and bodies function. As we learn more about the consequences of altering […]

The Link between Depression and Birth Control

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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In my work as a psychotherapist, one of the first things I try to address with my clients is identifying any areas of their life that might be exacerbating whatever mental health issue they are experiencing. I ask them about their sleep habits, their eating habits, the health of their significant relationships, their exercise habits, […]

Surviving a Toxic Reaction to the Copper IUD

Cheyenne Walters by Cheyenne Walters

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Editor’s note: More than once at Natural Womanhood, we have received emails from parents whose daughters have tragically died as a result of her birth control. A few months ago, we received a different kind of note—one from a woman who had a close call and was able to share her story with us. Cheyenne, […]

Healing After the Loneliness and Heartbreak of a Miscarriage

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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I assumed that since my first child was conceived so easily that conceiving a second time would be easy as pie. If anything, I was worried it would happen sooner than I would have wanted. So when over a year had passed of trying and still no sign of a positive pregnancy test, I started […]

The Guardian publica reporte falso sobre una App para el Conocimiento de la Fertilidad

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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La semana pasada, la publicación londinense, The Guardian, publicó un reporte desacreditando FEMM, una aplicación que utiliza el conocimiento de la fertilidad. The Guardian utilizó tanto la información que FEMM provee acerca de los efectos secundarios de los anticonceptivos, como la afiliación religiosa de sus financiadores, para sugerirle a sus lectores que no pueden confiar […]

Understanding the Surgical Techniques Used to Address PCOS

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a notoriously difficult disorder to treat. For women who require surgical treatment for the disorder, surgeons may employ one of two techniques in particular: Ovarian Wedge Resection (OWR) or Ovarian Drilling (OD).    While it is estimated that as many as 12 percent of women of reproductive age are affected […]

New Book Explores How Hormonal Birth Control Affects Women’s Brains

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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In a new book titled How the Pill Changes Everything: Your Brain on Birth Control, Dr. Sarah E. Hill sheds light on current research on the woman’s brain and the many ways the Pill impacts it. In a recent interview for The Guardian, Dr. Hill discusses the book and the science and research backing her […]

The Use of Progesterone Supplements in Treating Postpartum Depression

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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The birth of a baby can be one of the most emotionally and hormonally turbulent events in a woman’s life. Pain, fear, joy, and ecstasy come in rapid succession, joined by interrupted sleep and dramatic hormonal shifts. Often euphemistically dubbed the “baby blues,” it is no laughing matter for a great number of women. For […]